Estate Planning

Scheduled 2025 Tax Changes

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are set to expire in 2025 and it is not too early to start thinking about those changes and how the expiration of the same may affect you.  Many Americans have become complacent with the federal tax exclusions being in the $12 million range this year and think […]

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Retirement Accounts and Second Marriages

Are you on spouse number 2 or 3 and you have a retirement account?  If so, there are certain things to keep in mind.  First of all, if you have had your estate planning completed by an estate planner or have a financial advisor/planner, you have most likely addressed this issue. But if you are […]

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Your Child Reaches the Age of 18 – They Are an Adult Now

The Fourth of July is behind us and the start of a new school year will be here before we know it.  If you are a parent with children going to school – including those headed off to college – you are probably already starting your “school” shopping.  If you have a child headed for […]

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Where Are the Originals of Estate Planning Documents That Have Been Superseded?

Hmmmm, good question.  Probably one that you have never thought about.  This issue came up for discussion during a recent departmental meeting.  As attorneys change firms, they may bring files and other documents with them to their new firm.  And, sometimes, those documents include originally signed Last Wills and Testaments of individuals who may not […]

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Don’t Make These Estate Planning Mistakes

I know that I have written in the past about estate planning, but as time passes, we see more and more issues arising from estate planning mistakes – omissions, improper forms, improper titling or non-titling of assets, and not taking special circumstances into consideration. In our day-to-day administration of estates, we encounter many challenges and […]

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Estate Planning 2021

Whether or not you follow all of the activity and talk happening in Washington, one topic that you might want to keep an ear open for is the federal estate tax discussions.  Currently, for a decedent dying in 2021, the federal estate tax exemption/exclusion is $11.7 million.  You may think that you are “safe” in […]

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Birthday Basics

You will never forget your birthday (even though you may want to). Every time you make another trip around the sun (a year), it is good to reflect on what has changed in your life and what you have accomplished. Estate planning is probably something that rarely is among these thoughts. Many people think that […]

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Estate Planning and Religion

When engaging in estate planning for individuals, attorneys must be diligent in asking the right questions, not only for financial purposes and the objects of one’s bounty, but also for religious beliefs and practices and to complete the planning by honoring the wishes of the individual doing their planning.  If you are doing your estate […]

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Estate Planning Options

Abbreviations, acronyms, slang, metaphors, simile, hyperbole, puns, idioms – all types of figurative languages.  When you think about it, we have so many forms of languages that the basics – English, French, German, Spanish – seem to be lost in the shuffle.  In Estate Planning, we have many acronyms that are used and I thought […]

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You Gotta Keep Goin’

OK, so I know that isn’t grammatically correct, but it did get your attention, didn’t it? We completed our series of blogs on funeral planning, which you may have found interesting, boring or depressing.  My goal was not to put you into more of the funk that we have been experiencing, but to provide some […]

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